Skip to main content
This Week
Arts and Entertainment Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 6 years ago

This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, Jan. 28

A look at our favorite events taking place this week
by: Nick Friedman Managing Editor of Arts and Culture


Gallery Walk and Talk: 'Samurai: The Way of the Warrior'

11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

$25 admission

Call 359-5700.

Take a guided tour of the John and Mable Ringling Museum's current exhibition, 'Samurai: The Way of the Warrior,' which explores the fascinating lives and art of samurai warriors.


SARTQ Print Exhibition 

5 to 8 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 7070 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2032.

SARTQ, the newly reformed 15-member artist collective hosts its first all-print exhibition, featuring 24” x 30” works, created using traditional and non-traditional print-making methods. Runs through March 5.


Art Glass Weekend Kickoff

5:30 p.m. at Alfstad & Contemporary, 1419 5th Street, Suite A



This weekend-long celebration of fine glass art, presented by the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, runs through Jan. 31 and kicks off with an opening reception at Alfstad & Contemporary for glass artist Michael Taylor. The event continues with collectors home tours, an auction, tours and talks at the Ringling College of Art and Design, exhibitions at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Longboat Key Center for the Arts, as well as a pop-up gallery and St. Petersburg bus tour. Full schedule and pricing online.


Best of Rifftrax Live: 'The Room'

7:30 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, 1993 Main St.


Call 462-7342.

The stars of goofball comedy align in this evening of spoof hilarity. Rifftrax Live, the brains behind Mystery Science Theater 3000, takes on the cult-classic and one of the cheesiest movies of all time, "The Room." 


'Love, Loss and What I Wore'

8 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2494.

This play, written by Nora and Delia Ephron, and based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, is a series of monologues with a rotating cast of five women, who explore women's relationships, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life. Runs through Feb. 7. 



Six Years of Beer

8 p.m. at Mr. Beery's, 2645 Mall Drive


Call 343-2854.

Celebrate six years of business at what's become a Gulf Gate institution. For its anniversary party, Mr. Beery's will pull out a selection of special beers for the occasion. 


The Wallies, Hail Dale and Quint and His Orca

9 p.m. at Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 487-7373.

Spend your Friday night rockin' out to this all-local rock ’n’ roll bill, featuring ’60s surf rockers, The Wallies, Southern garage rock trio, Hail Dale and Quint and His Orca. 


Robert Kelly

7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.


Call 925-3869.

Robert Kelly is known for his honest, abrasive and vulnerable style. He recently debuted an hour-long special on Comedy Central, and has been featured on shows including "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," "Maron" and "Louie," as well as movies including "Trainwreck." Runs through Jan. 31.




Forks & Corks University

9:30 a.m. at the Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 S. East Ave.

$95, or $60 for a half-day seminar

Call 366-0007.

Forks & Corks University offers a chance to taste and learn about rare wines during seminars led by a panel of recognized winemakers from around the world. 


St. Armands Winter Art Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park


Call 922-0838.

More than 175 artists and craftsmen display original artwork, including pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture. 



7 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.


Call 328-1300.

As part of its Verdi Cycle, closing this year, the Sarasota Opera performs this tale of a heartbreaking love triangle for the first time. Runs through March 19.


Independent Jones: The Dram and Michael Snayd Duo with Scott Anderson

9 p.m. at McCabe's Irish Pub, 302 12th St. West, Bradenton


Call 896-3126.

Independent Jones presents a night of Americana music, featuring Southern folk-rock six-piece, The Dram, and
Michael Snayd, joined for the first time by Scott Anderson.



Forks & Corks: The Grand Tasting

Noon to 4 p.m. at the Ringling Museum courtyard, 5401 Bay Shore Road

Sold out

Call 359-5700.

The ultimate event for Sarasota foodies and wine-lovers, The Grand Tasting features food from more than 50 of the area's top restaurants and wine from 80 international wineries, as well as craft beers. Stroll the grounds, bid on the silent auction and sample to your heart's content, then purchase your favorite wines afterward. 


Oskar Blues Fest and Pig Roast

2 p.m. at World of Beer, Sarasota, 8217 Tourist Center Dr.


Call 306-5868

Enjoy live music by Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band, Double Your Trouble, beer from Oskar Blues and a roasted pig. Event will feature contests for the best barbecue sauce and best side dish.


RUNA — Celtic Roots Music

7 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio, 525 Kumquat Court

$15, or $20 at the door

Call 894-6469.

Referred to as an Irish music super group, RUNA has pushed the boundaries of the genre since its formation in 2008. The internationally acclaimed group combines Irish and Scottish melodies with bluegrass, flamenco, blues and jazz influences.


Reggae Sunday

10 p.m. at Beach Club, Siesta Key, 5151 Ocean Blvd.


Call 349-6311.

Jam out every Sunday in January to local reggae bands, such as The Hobies, SoFlow, Jah Movement and Summer Survivors.

Entry earns one raffle ticket for a chance to win a Cali-Florida skateboard at midnight. 



Sarasota Ballet Program Four: 'Balanchine, de Valois and Graziano'

7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

$35 to $105

Call 359-0099.

The ballet’s spring session opens with a Balanchine classic and resident choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s original work created for Jacob’s Pillow last year. “Emeralds” by George Balanchine is the influential ballet director’s ode to France. With a score by Gabriel Fauré and designs by Barbara Karinska, Balanchine said that “Emeralds” was, “an evocation of France – the France of elegance, comfort, dress and perfume.” Runs Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.



'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way

$22 to $36

Call 366-1505.

Set in Chicago in 1927, this play follows blues legend, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, as she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians and a tight-fisted white producer. The play, written by August Wilson, explores the 20th century African American experience. Runs through Feb. 20.



'Outside Mullingar'

8 p.m. at the Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.

$36 to $42

Call 366-9000.

This gritty comedy, set in rural Ireland, follows two misfit neighbors, who must overcome their fears amongst families troubles, a land feud and family rivalries. Runs through March 27.

Join the Neighborhood! Our 100% local content helps strengthen our communities by delivering news and information that is relevant to our readers. Support independent local journalism by joining the Observer's new membership program — The Newsies — a group of like-minded community citizens, like you. Be a Newsie.

Related Stories